Almost Christian 8- Hanging Loose: The Art of Detachment

“The soul needs amazement, the repeated liberation from customs, viewpoints, and convictions, which, like layers of fat that make us untouchable and insensitive, accumulate around us. What appears obvious is that we need to be touched by the spirit of life and that without amazement and enthusiasm nothing new can begin” – Dorothy Soelle  Continue reading “Almost Christian 8- Hanging Loose: The Art of Detachment”

On Campus at PSU Berks

Since Penn State has no fall break, students go straight through from August until today, thirteen straight weeks of class with only labor day as a respite in early September.  But now they head home for a full week off.  They need a break.  I can definitely see their weariness in their eyes and bodyContinue reading “On Campus at PSU Berks”

Summer in Thessalonica – Vocation

Penn State students are returning to campus this weekend! It is appropriate then to remind you all, as this study is focused for college students, that for Christians college is not just a path to get a job. The truth is that God has called you into service in your field and if you workContinue reading “Summer in Thessalonica – Vocation”

Summer in Thessalonica – Encouraged by Grace

2:13 But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. 14 He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the gloryContinue reading “Summer in Thessalonica – Encouraged by Grace”

Summer in Thessalonica – Do not be Deceived!

Jehovah’s Witnesses are famous for their door-to-door evangelism techniques. Maybe you’ve groaned as you have seen them walk toward your door? The Jehovah’s Witnesses trace their roots to Charles Taze Russell in the 1870s who, with a group of friends studying the Bible, came to new teachings on Jesus’ second coming. For centuries Christians hadContinue reading “Summer in Thessalonica – Do not be Deceived!”

Summer in Thessalonica – The Second Letter

Paul had preached the message that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior in the city of Thessalonica (Acts 17). While there he faced persecution, soon leaving for the nearby city Berea. He left a very small community of Christians behind. After traveling to Athens and then Corinth, he wrote a letter to this tiny churchContinue reading “Summer in Thessalonica – The Second Letter”

Summer in Thessalonica – Grace and Work

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall…Humpty Dumpty had a great fall…all the Kings’s horses and all the king’s men….couldn’t put Humpty together again Amazing grace, how sweet the sound….that saved a wretch like me…I once was lost, but now am found…was blind, but now I see. God shows his love for us in this…while weContinue reading “Summer in Thessalonica – Grace and Work”

Summer in Thessalonica – How Should We Live?

5:4 But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. 5 You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 6 So then, let us not be like others, who areContinue reading “Summer in Thessalonica – How Should We Live?”

Summer in Thessalonica – Flatland and the End

Two years ago I read a fun little book called Flatland. It begins in a two-dimensional world (flatland, like one you would draw on a piece of paper) with the main character, a Square, telling his story. In the story the Square is visited by a three-dimensional Sphere from Spaceland. But having never lived inContinue reading “Summer in Thessalonica – Flatland and the End”

Souls in Transition – Does Religion Make a Difference?

Does religion matter when it comes to how emerging adults live? Does your religion make a difference in your everyday choices? This is the theme of the ninth chapter of Souls in Transition. In previous chapters emerging adults had been divided into religious groups: conservative Protestant, mainline Protestant, black Protestant, Catholic, Mormon, Jewish, other religionContinue reading “Souls in Transition – Does Religion Make a Difference?”